Justice Clarence Thomas Says America is “Too Sensitive” About Race

During a speech to Palm Beach Atlantic University, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made some insightful and balanced comments concerning race: My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. . . . Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t Read more […]

How to Celebrate Diversity without Causing Division

In what is now called “The Pound Cake speech,” Bill Cosby made a lot of enemies for himself in the black community by criticizing, even mocking, what he saw as destructive, ignorant, asinine aspects of “black culture.” Critics of the speech claimed that Cosby was criticizing poor people in black communities more than black culture in general. They saw his rant as the condescending diatribe of a priviledged elite against his lower-class neighbors. Many people called him an Uncle Tom or Read more […]

American Slavery and Racism

The story of slavery and racism in America is a complicated one. Most people assume that a pre-existing racism supported the institution of slavery, but more than likely it was the other way around. As Eugene Genovese said: “Race relations did not determine the pattern of slavery in the New World; the patterns of slavery… determined race relations.” Have you ever heard of Anthony Johnson? He was the first true slave owner in colonial America. Prior to 1655, all “slaves” in colonial Read more […]

Zimmerman May Not Be Racist, But America Is

In the most recent yearly accounting, there were 16,259 homicides in the U.S.1 That comes out to more than 44 homicides a day. Even if George Zimmerman had been found guilty of murder for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, that homicide would have been just one among very many. Most homicides barely make the local news. Why should this one be a national tragedy? Why has this case become an icon of American Read more […]2010 was the most recent year I could find for which exhaustive statistics were released. [↩]

Store Clerk Shoots Black in Self Defense – Now Black Community in Uproar

I hate talking about the race issue because there is only one race: the human race.  Yes, there are different ethnic groups within the human race.  Some have darker skin, others lighter skin.  Some have almond shaped eyes, others have more rounded shaped eyes.  Some ethnic groups are quite tall and others quite short.  But the bottom line is that we are all part of the same human race and need to treat each other accordingly and stop trying to use race as a tool of hatred. Case in point is Read more […]

Florida Says It’s OK That Minorities Don’t Read Well

Last week the Florida Board of Education decided to institute a new set of standards for grading students reading prowess in their state. Florida’s new student achievement goals are designed to take into account the unique family life and socioeconomic background of different races and there effect on student reading scores. In other words different races will be graded differently because as we all know we are all products of our environment. Florida like most states has been struggling with Read more […]

Biden Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot

As many times as Vice President Joe Biden puts his foot in his mouth, I’m not sure if he needs a dentist or a podiatrist to take care of his teeth.  If there is a poster person for the greatest number of dumb political statements, Biden has to be it. Black Americans have been fighting a civil rights war for over a century on the issue of race.  There are still a significant number of white Americans that look down on anyone with a different skin color than their own.  In fact, a number of Read more […]

It Takes a Minority to Raise Awareness

Thanks to The Drudge Report and conservative talk radio outlets, most of us are aware that Univision “broke” shocking news about the “Fast and Furious” scandal. A large segment of the nation had never heard that news before. In light of the upcoming election and the ongoing Benghazi debacle, “Fast and Furious” has taken a back seat.  Because the presidential election is almost upon us, however, it shouldn’t. Scandals, domestic and international, that would have rocked the nation and Read more […]

Conservative, Black Actress Slandered

Actress Stacey Dash tweeted her support for a presidential candidate and, interestingly enough, that candidate was Mitt Romney. According to social media, it was the wrong endorsement. Here’s why: 1. Stacy Dash is part of the Hollywood community. 2. Stacey Dash is black. These two factors have intertwined to create the perfect storm; a storm of absolute hatred, vile condescension and racism. Shortly after her tweet went public, Dash was inundated with a flood of angry tweets, ranging from Read more […]